BallerYoga Luxury Yoga Mats

Are you still attempting yoga on the world’s worst mat? It’s time to upgrade to the BallerYoga Luxury Yoga Mats. Each of these mats is made with 100% pebble-grain football leather – the same stuff used by the professional football teams in the USA. Just like a quarterback needs his grip, these mats won’t let you slip and slide as you exhale into downward dog so you can have a safer and more comfortable yoga experience. In addition to the… Continue Reading

Ehang GHOSTDRONE 2.0 With 4K Sports Camera

A Drone controlled entirely by your phone that offers a truly one of a kind experience. Flying a drone has never been this easy as the GHOSTDRONE mimics the movement of your phone. There are dual sensors to give you more safety in situations where one fails. The drone entertains automatic return in case of low battery or lost communication. Apart from this, the smart algorithms in the app reduce human errors during flight. So get going with your aerial… Continue Reading

Thieves Rob Camera Store by Sawing a Hole in the Wall Behind the Nikon Case

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A professional camera store in Palo Alto, CA opened the store on Monday morning to find a nasty surprise: they had been robbed through a hole some crooks had cut into the wall behind the Nikon display case.

Keeble & Shuchat Photography on California Ave are out tens of thousands in camera equipment this week, but this wasn’t the typical (or even extreme) smash and grab where the thieves break in through the front of the store. Instead, the robbers came in through the alley, breaking through the plaster and sawing a hole in the Cabinet below the store’s Nikon display case.

Reddit user my2wins happened to walk into the store yesterday morning just as the owners were assessing the damage, and took some pictures to show how the thieves got in:

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We spoke to the store’s owner Terry Shuchat over the phone this morning, and despite losing what he described as “a variety of used gear,” about “$20,000 to $30,000 worth,” his sense of humor was intact. He even gave the cooks points for cleanliness.

“It was a very clean job,” he told us. “We’ve had burglaries where people smashed a bunch of glass. Two years ago, someone backed a car into the store. Compared to that, these guys were great.”

On a more serious note, the robbery pointed out some flaws with their security system that Shuchat quickly addressed.

“We found out our alarm system was ineffective, now it’s been revamped with lots of new sensors in areas that the alarm company had convinced us we were covered … but we weren’t,” he told us. “Now we are. If someone were to come in the same way today, the alarm would go off.”

“Please include that,” he added, tongue in cheek. “Let them know they’ll have to try something else next time.”


Image credits: Photos by my2wins and used with permission.

10 Powerful Photoshop Techniques Every Photographer Should Know

We’re always looking to up our Photoshop game, but the lists of Must Know “techniques” or “skills” or “tools” we run across typically disappoint us by being either to basic or too niche. This useful Top 10 by Nate Dodson of Tutvid is an exception.

Now we wouldn’t go so far as to call any of these 10 features “Hidden” the way Nate does, but they are all useful. And unless you’re already a Photoshop wiz, at least one or two of them should be enlightening.

We won’t go into detail on each and every one, but read through the list below (timestamps included) and then scroll to your technique of choice in the video above to learn something. For our money, Color Lookup Tables and Calculations for Selecting Hair were the ones we knew the least about, but there’s plenty here for beginners and intermediate users alike:

  1. Stacking Face Aware Liquify Filters | 0:53
  2. Color Lookup Tables | 4:30
  3. Move a Selection as you draw it OR Transform a Selection | 8:07
  4. Frequency Separation | 9:03
  5. Calculations for Selecting Hair | 15:06
  6. Selective Sharpening w/ High Pass | 20:46
  7. Color Range on Live Mask | 24:12
  8. Curves | 27:21
  9. Combine Adjustment Layers with Blend Modes | 29:50
  10. Camera RAW filter on anything (Use Dehaze for interesting contrast) | 32:28

To learn more from Nate, visit the Tutvid website or check out some of his other featured tutorials in the PetaPixel archives.

Google Adds Themed Slideshows and Simpler Sharing to Photos App

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The Google Photos app just keeps getting better. First, the app made made backing up your iPhone’s photos a breeze. Then it started turning Live Photos into stabilized GIFs. And now, now it can create themed slideshows a la Facebook, and make sharing your photos easier than ever.

Both features-officially dubbed ‘movie concepts’ and ‘faster sharing’-were introduced at once. The first takes a page out of Facebook’s playbook, turning photos of life events into themed “movies” complete with music.

It’ll dig through recent and not-so-recent photos and, for example, turn those photos of your kid growing up into this movie:

Movie “concepts” are just that, they’re built around specific types of photos and Google will be releasing them over time. In addition to this “growing up” concept, Google will soon release a summer concept for reliving some of your favorite sunny memories, and another for formal events like weddings. Of course, you don’t need to know any of that, because the app does all of this automatically. You just keep on living your life.

The second major feature release is a faster, simpler sharing workflow that replaces the “how” with “who.” So instead of choosing to share a photo (or photos) to Facebook or Instagram, you’re shown a list of contacts instead. Pick the photos, pick the people you want to share them with, and go.

If your recipients have a Google Photos account, they get a notification. If they don’t, you can have them receive either an email or SMS message with a link to view the shots. Here’s a quick look at how that will work:

Both updates are already live for Google Photos users on iOS, Android, and Web. Just update your app or download it from the appropriate store, and “let Google take care of the rest,” as they say.

Google Adds Themed Slideshows and Simpler Sharing to Photos App

googlephotossharing_feat

The Google Photos app just keeps getting better. First, the app made made backing up your iPhone’s photos a breeze. Then it started turning Live Photos into stabilized GIFs. And now, now it can create themed slideshows a la Facebook, and make sharing your photos easier than ever.

Both features-officially dubbed ‘movie concepts’ and ‘faster sharing’-were introduced at once. The first takes a page out of Facebook’s playbook, turning photos of life events into themed “movies” complete with music.

It’ll dig through recent and not-so-recent photos and, for example, turn those photos of your kid growing up into this movie:

Movie “concepts” are just that, they’re built around specific types of photos and Google will be releasing them over time. In addition to this “growing up” concept, Google will soon release a summer concept for reliving some of your favorite sunny memories, and another for formal events like weddings. Of course, you don’t need to know any of that, because the app does all of this automatically. You just keep on living your life.

The second major feature release is a faster, simpler sharing workflow that replaces the “how” with “who.” So instead of choosing to share a photo (or photos) to Facebook or Instagram, you’re shown a list of contacts instead. Pick the photos, pick the people you want to share them with, and go.

If your recipients have a Google Photos account, they get a notification. If they don’t, you can have them receive either an email or SMS message with a link to view the shots. Here’s a quick look at how that will work:

Both updates are already live for Google Photos users on iOS, Android, and Web. Just update your app or download it from the appropriate store, and “let Google take care of the rest,” as they say.